I feel kinda bad for bringing this thread back from the dead, but I think my original review of "celluclay" was a bit unfair due to not experimenting with it sufficiently. So in the interest of fairness here's another review of celluclay part 2.
Celluclay is kinda like paper mache, but you can sculpt with it after adding some water. You can not apply it in thin layers like paper mache or pour it into a mold like plaster. It's physical properties is clay-like when wet hence the name celluclay. Add a little bit of water, mix it up, and you're set to go. If there's too much water then add more celluclay to get the right moisture content. This is VERY important because this stuff isn't going to dry if it's too wet. Once dried this stuff can be sanded and the cracks and dents can be filled with spackle to produce a smooth surface. It can also be painted.
lightweight and strong enough for costuming purposes. Reasonably priced, non-toxic, easy to work with
takes a LONG time to dry. I made a 1 inch thick slab as a test sample and it took a month to completely dry. However, celluclay can be warmed in an oven to speed up the drying time.
what can be made:
small things like jewelry perhaps. If you're going to make large thick objects start off with a piece of stryofoam and slap some celluclay over it and then sculpt. If it's made of pure celluclay it will never dry. You can make thin shelled stuff like body armor but it must be supported by an armature.
In a nutshell celluclay is pretty good stuff. My biggest peeve is it's long dry time which limits how thick your sculptings can be. I once said keep it under 1/2 inch but I guess you can make thicker sculptings but just be cafeful. If it's too thick it won't dry.
why such a long post about this material? Now that I know how to use this stuff, I've got some real evil cosplay plans for this